Inventory is low, demand is high, and Thank Goodness we have the ability to request to all bidders highest and best. If you were selling a property rather than buying you would be smiling. There are some ways to help yourself....keep cash on hand to pay your own closing and pre paids, ask for the quickest possible closing, ask your lender for more than one loan option for instance you may find a home that is in need of a repair that FHA won't accept but you could possibly move into a 203k loan and refi later for a lower rate. Hopefully you will have an experienced agent who has been at this for a few years. Agents that have been around for 7 or more years have already been through bidding wars, low inventory, and high demand, as well as prices that are creeping up. We have a few tricks up our sleeves (ethical ones of course) that can help you get your offer accepted. Good luck. Check out my website and let me know if I can be of help.